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CERAMICIST JOY SMITHERS









Juggling life as a ceramicist alongside careers in modelling, acting and singing is not that common. But then Joy Smithers has not had a regular sort of life. The Sydney-based creative is perhaps most well known for her roles in films and TV series such as Bangkok Hilton, The Flying Doctors and Home and Away, as well as a stint as a co-host on Good Morning Australia. However, alongside these...

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CERAMICIST ROWENA HANNAN






Storytelling is an integral part of Rowena Hannan’s work as a ceramicist and teacher for the past 25 years. “Being brought up as a Catholic my childhood was full of stories about saints, these often gory, bizarre tales have always fascinated me,” she says. “My youngest child studied classics both at school and at uni, and we would spend many an hour discussing Greek mythology. The combination of...

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CERAMICIST NATALIE ROSIN









“Ceramics is an interesting balance between tangible, tactile design and freedom of creation,” Natalie Rosin says. She came to it while studying architecture. Initially Natalie was enrolled in a Bachelor of Architectural Studies at UNSW but it was during this time - and when she went to Cornell Universityin the USA - that she started to take ceramics seriously. “Architecture can at times appear...

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CERAMICIST SANDRA BOWKETT







“From an early age I made, knitted, sewed and embroidered but to me these things were ephemeral and ‘use-less’,” says Sandra Bowkett. However, it was when she was introduced to ceramics towards the end of high school that she felt she had found a medium that provided a balance between creativity, craft and being ‘use-full’. Since then Sandra has won prizes, residencies and exhibited extensively....

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CERAMICIST MARYAM RIAZI





While Maryam Riazi studied fashion design and has worked as a design consultant and stylist, it is her interest in objects that has set her on a new path. Born in Iran, and raised in the city of Shiraz - known for its “poets, philosophers and earthy souls” - she is now based in Los Angeles were she is gaining a following for her ceramics, as well as her jewellery and threadwork. “I have always...

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CERAMICIST JAN HOWLIN









“I’m not sure that you ever know if you’re on the right path with your career,” says Jan Howlin. “I only know that I have endless motivation for pursuing ceramics, and apparently endless patience - when things don’t work out as I’d like, and this is very often, I keep going anyway.” Originally trained in graphic design, Jan also studied interior design. The two fields have merged to some extent...

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CERAMICIST ALANA WILSON







“I think the balance of creative aesthetic, technical knowledge and objectivity are what makes ceramics work for me,” says Alana Wilson. The Sydney-based ceramicist had an instant connection with the craft on her first day of ceramics at art school. “I knew this was exactly how I wanted to spend every day for the rest of my life - probably without realising it as a career just yet.” Since...

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CERAMICIST MEL ROBSON







Even though she studied Modern Asian studies, and spent years working as a language teacher, it was when Mel Robsontook a pottery class that she knew instantly how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. Not long after that she quit her job and began life as an artist. “Thankfully, things have taken a fairly smooth path since then - confirmation for me that I have been on the right path,” she...

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CERAMICIST HELEN HAY







 “I love how the material changes from the raw state to the last firing, things can change quite considerably, and sometimes surprisingly,” says ceramicist Helen Hay of Kanimbla Clay. After graduating from university in Devon in the UK, she worked as a production jeweller for a company in the Cotswolds, before travelling around the world. In 2007 Helen arrived in the Blue Mountains. "I realised my...

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CERAMICIST ANNA EAVES







“There’s nothing like opening a kiln,” says Anna Eaves, a ceramicist from North Carolina in the USA. “People compare it to Christmas morning, but it’s better!” The first time Anna experienced it, she became hooked. Her mother, an artist and potter, had encouraged her to make something. To appease her, Anna made a cream and sugar set under her instruction. “It wasn’t until I opened the kiln after...

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